|Pilot Major George A. Davis, Jr., 12035A (MIA / KIA) Dublin, TX
Crashed February 10, 1952
Built by North American. Assigned to the United States Air Force (USAF) as F-86E-10-NA Sabre serial number 51-2752. Assigned to the 4th Fighter Interceptor Group (FIG), 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS). No known nickname or nose art.
On February 10, 1952 took off piloted by Major George A. Davis, Jr. leading a flight of three F-86s with wingman Littlefield on a mission over the Yalu River and Sinuiju in North Korea. Over the target, he observed a flight of twelve MiG-15s attempting to intercept American fighter-bombers and dove to attack with his wingmen. During the combat, he claimed two MiG-15s shot down before he was hit and crashed. When Davis failed to return, he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). He later earned the Medal of Honor, posthumously for this mission.
This F-86 Sabre crashed into a Chinese Army divisional area and was visited by Chinese soldiers who photographed the crash site, the body of Davis, his M1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol and at least one of his dog tags.
Davis was officially presumed dead the day of the mission. He
earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously. Also, the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Davis is memorialized at the courts of the missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Davis is also has a memorial marker at City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, TX at section 45, corner of Dogwood and Azalia at Lat 33.33846 Long -101.48868.
Davis is at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing, court 8 gold inlay indicating he earned the Medal of Honor. He also has a memorial marker at City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, TX at section 45, corner of Dogwood and Azalia at Lat 33.33846 Long -101.48868.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-86E-10-NA Sabre 51-2752
"2752 (4th FIG, 334th FIS) shot down by MiG-15 over Korea Feb 10, 1952. Pilot George A. Davis posthumously awarded Medal of Honor."
342nd Fighter Squadron "Scourgers" Lt. Davis photographs circa 1943-1944
NARA Records of Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of Hostilities During the Korean War - George Andrew Davis Jr
KORWALD Loss Incident Summary - 51-2752 page 50 Davis, Jr., George A. [PDF]
Red Wings Over The Yalu pages 163, 167-168
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George Andrew Davis Jr.
FindAGrave - Maj George Andrew Davis, Jr (courts of the missing, photo)
FindAGrave - George Andrew Davis, Jr (memorial marker)
Thanks to Raymond Cheung for additional information
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November 23, 2020